The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

22nd March 2015


Holy Week Programme for 2015

25th March, 2015 - Sung Mass for the Annunciation of the B.V.M.


From the Parish Priest’s desk….

These days – with apologies to Shakespeare – the quality of mercy seems very strained, indeed! It has been noted that of twelve theological consultants appointed to assist at the forthcoming Synod by the Holy See, eleven have in varying degrees proposed views that seem difficult to reconcile with Catholic teaching: Of even greater concern is that Pope Francis, in his homily at morning Mass on 17th March, seemed to suggest that those who affirm the constant discipline of the Church regarding the reception of Holy Communion – based as it is on an essential connection with doctrine – are “doctors of the law”, destroying the work of the Holy Spirit! One prays that the “Year of Mercy” announced by the Holy Father will be truly that, and not merely a pretext for doctrinal or disciplinary innovations in the name of Mercy.

We are presently in the “Season of Mercy”, which is Lent. I have been struck by a number of the readings that the Church presented to us in the weekday Masses of the Third Week of Lent. On the Friday of that week, the Gospel is that of Christ’s conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. In this extraordinary episode, Christ leads the Samaritan woman to conversion of life and faith in Him. Our Lord rejects religious indifferentism, and discomforts the woman on the very point of her adultery: “Thou hast said well, ‘I have no husband’: for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: this thou hast said truly.” Then, on Saturday of that week, there is presented the very moving episode of Christ saving the woman caught in adultery, from being stoned to death. He forgives the woman, who is clearly penitent, warning her to “sin no more”. As Cardinal Pell recently commented, Our Lord did not tell the woman to “keep up the good work”, but to change her life! On the Wednesday of the third week of Lent, the Gospel shows Our Lord opposing those scribes and Pharisees who try to annul the force of Divine law, by “re-reading” it through human “law” and custom: Christ condemns these as hypocrites, quoting Isaias: “in vain do they worship Me, teaching doctrine and commandments of men.” What a warning to those who would detach pastoral practice and discipline from doctrine!

Fr Glen Tattersall, Parish Priest.








Statement by the Polish Bishops’ Conference on reception of Holy Communion

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has issued a communiqué firmly rejecting the proposals that divorced and “remarried” Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion without amendment of life. The communiqué, published on 12th March, includes the following statement:

“In view of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome, the bishops have undertaken a reflection on marriage and family. This reflection demonstrated the importance of the family from the perspective of philosophical, theological and legal issues.

"Identified once again was the indispensable importance of the sacrament of marriage, and the family for the growth of Christian life within the Church.

“Emphasized was the need to promote the pastoral care of families, to strengthen the faithful in understanding and the implementation of sacramental marriage, as understood as a sacred and indissoluble union between a woman and a man.

“The teaching and the tradition of the Church shows that people living in non-sacramental union deprive themselves of the possibility of receiving Holy Communion.

“Pastoral care must be provided for those living in such unions so that they may be able to keep the faith and continue in the community of the Church. Pastoral care of those in non-sacramental unions should also take account of children, who have the right to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church.”


Catechesis for children: we are giving consideration to providing catechetical classes for children of school age. This would most likely be for one hour on Saturdays at 10.00 am (during school term time). For those interested, an additional programme teaching children singing, with an emphasis on Sacred Music, would run from 11.00 am. To assist us in planning, we are seeking expressions of interest from parents who may wish to enroll their children. Interested parents are asked to contact Fr Tattersall by email, with details of their childrens’ age and school year. We hope that the programme, should it go ahead, will commence early in May. We also ask parents who wish to present their children for First Confession and First Holy Communion in December, to register with us no later than mid-April. The Saturday classes will also provide sacramental preparation

The Solemnity of the Annunciation falls this Wednesday. There will be a Sung Mass at 6.30 am, and Low Mass at 10.00 am and, as usual on Wednesdays, at the Cathedral at 5.30 pm.

Easter offering envelopes are now available. These are for the support of the priests who serve the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman. The envelopes may be placed in either collection over the next few weeks. Thank you for your generosity.

Filial appeal to Pope Francis on the Future of the Family: please consider this petition to Pope Francis, respectfully asking him to reaffirm clearly the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion, and that homosexual acts are contrary to Divine and natural law:

Our thanks to all those who assisted yesterday with the Church cleaning, and preparations for Holy Week.

Palm crosses: after Solemn Mass today, we would be grateful for volunteers to help make palm crosses for Palm Sunday. No previous experience is needed, and we will be guided by an expert! Fr Tattersall will give a brief introduction to the Holy Week liturgies to commence.

How to pray the Divine Office: it has been gratifying to see the interest expressed in learning more about the Divine Office and how to pray it. A short course will be given soon after Easter for those interested. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, those interested in the Office are especially encouraged to attend Tenebrae in Holy Week.

Parish BBQ – Anniversary of foundation of Newman Parish: our first anniversary as a Parish falls on 28th March. As this is on the cusp of Holy Week, we shall delay our celebrations until the Easter Octave. Fr Tattersall will offer Solemn Mass for the Parish and Parishioners at 10.30 am on Easter Monday, 6th April. A Parish BBQ will follow in the grounds of Maryvale.

Parish dinner dance – Saturday, 18th April: following last year’s highly successful event, we will return to the RACV for our second Parish dinner dance on Saturday, 18th April (7 pm – 11 pm). The cost is $64 per person for a three course dinner ($88 with matching wines), or $75 for four courses ($106 with wines). Payment is to be made on the night, directly to the RACV. To book, please email the Secretary with the names of those attending: . Bookings are now open.

Easter camp for boys and young men: we regret that it will not be possible to go ahead with the camp, as originally intended, after Easter. However, we hope that something mid-year might be possible instead. Stay tuned for further details.

A Lenten project – support for Br. Shawn Murphy’s Seminary tuition: Br Shawn Murphy is continuing his studies at the Toronto Oratory in Canada, for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. The Brisbane Oratory will be formally opened by Archbishop Coleridge on 26th May this year. Please consider – as a Lenten resolution - giving financial support to this worthy project, by helping to defray the costs of Br Shawn’s formation and education. Please email the Secretary, or contact Fr Tattersall, if you are able to make a donation.

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  • The Wolff Organ

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Here you will find videos of parish events, with an emphasis on key homilies.

Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

Bishop Meeking has visited us for Holy Week for five years in a row. Herein lie some of his marvellous homilies

Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.